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  • Don Martin named interim superintendent

    The Owen County Board of Education has selected an interim superintendent to lead the way until the position can be filled permanently.

    Don Martin, a retired Grant County School District superintendent, was selected during a special meeting of the Owen County Board of Education Thursday.

    Owen County Board of Education Chairperson Terry Patterson said Martin was found through the help of the Kentucky School Board Association’s superintendent search service.

  • Delinquent taxes list incorrect

    A mistake by the Owen County clerk led to the accidental publication of several names as being delinquent on property taxes even though their taxes had been paid.

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said there have been several changes to the process of printing delinquent tax bills this year that resulted in her mistake.

    “In years past, the sheriff’s office did everything,” Kincaid said. “This year, the laws have changed on how the tax lists were to be handled.”

  • Board begins superintendent search

    With a timeline that projects a new school superintendent being named by Aug. 19, the Owen County School Board is moving forward in its search process.

    The board held a special meeting June 8 when members voted to use the Kentucky School Board Association’s superintendent-search service.

    KSBA representative Mike Oder reviewed the selection process with the board and helped it draft a timeline. The timeline began Thursday with advertising the open position. Advertising will continue approximately six weeks.

  • Owen arrest linked to robbery

    Two people have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an elderly woman’s home in Glencoe.

    Kentucky State Police troopers were called to the home of 81-year-old Juanita Clark on May 26.

    Clark said she was robbed at knifepoint by a member of her family and an accomplice. The suspects allegedly stole prescription medication from Clark.

    Donna Glore, 34, a member of Clark’s family, was arrested May 27 in Owen County by trooper Brandon Maupin. The Sparta resident is charged with complicity to commit first-degree robbery.

  • County approves $4.9 million budget

    After several months of discussion, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently passed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    The court held several workshops throughout the spring to discuss the budget, only making minor changes.

    With all expenditures combined, the budget has a total of $4,995,743.

    The court held a second reading on budget ordinance 169 at its June 8 regularly scheduled meeting.

    The court also approved a resolution for developing the Kentucky River.

  • Two Owen County projects included in next state road plan

    Two Owen County projects have been included in the next Kentucky Road Plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the first project will replace a bridge on Hwy. 355 over Little Twin Creek.

    More than $130,000 has been allotted for right of way acquisition and utilities relocation in 2011 and over $935,000 has been designated for the construction in 2012,

    Thayer said the money will come from the Federal Bridge Replacement Program.

  • Owenton to review nuisance ordinance

    After several months of revising an outdated ordinance, the Owenton City Council is on its way toward a cleaner city.

    The nuisance ordinance, which hasn’t been updated since the late 1960s or early 1970s, has recently been a main topic during the council’s meetings.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said complaints from citizens have motivated the council to revise the ordinance.

  • Owen County High School Graduation 2010

    Parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers and friends filled the gymnasium at Owen County High School Friday to watch 102 students take another step into adulthood and to receive their diplomas.

    Graduate Daniel Dauwe opened the ceremony with invocation, followed by remarks from Owen County High School Principal Shannon Treece.

    Treece said she was proud of each graduate and that their potential was proved by beating their highest CATS scores from last year, 80.6 to 81.

  • Owen emergency manager urges public to be prepared

    Rick Morgan, Owen County emergency management director, would like to remind residents that a flood can happen to your home even if you are not near a river or creek. Floods can happen anywhere, throughout the year, and are more common than you might think.

    Some of the information we have learned during the 2010 flood are: Where it can rain it can flood. Floods are consistently the most common, costly and deadly natural disaster Americans face each year – 90 percent of all natural disasters in North America involve flooding.

  • Recanvass won’t change results

    A requested recanvass of votes in the May primary election came up with the same results.

    According to Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid, a recanvass was requested by second-district constable candidate Bryan Riddle.

    The race was very close with incumbent Don Slaughter holding off Riddle’s challenge by three votes, 287-284.

    “In a close race like this, a recanvass is pretty common,” Kincaid said.